Jascha Heifetz in 1934, aged 33. Photograph: William Vanderson/Fox Photos/Getty Images

There’s a great story told about the 1917 New York debut of then 16-year-old Vilnius-born violinist Jascha Heifetz. He had already stormed Russia and (...)

German-Korean violinist Viviane Hagner

Every year the West Cork Chamber Music Festival is a musical matchmaker’s gamble. Musicians are brought together from around the world and, apart from(...)

“It was through George Bernard Shaw I discovered that the shape of 19th century concerts was radically different to what we are used to today”

I don’t know when I first became interested in how concerts have changed over the years. It could have been from my teenage reading of the musical cr(...)

Mister Paganini

When it comes to violin playing, there’s one name that stands totally apart – Nicolò Paganini, whose virtuosity was such that his early 19th-centur(...)